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Once you have the chance to visit Vietnam, you should make use of it to explore its whole beauty, as well as the culinary culture of the most famous destinations in this pretty country. Hanoi, Hoa lu and Halong are some of the highest recommended destinations in northern Vietnam. This 4-day tour is designed to cover the highlights of these wonderful places and help you have unforgettable experiences in Vietnam.
Your accommodation is based on choice and you will have options of 3 and 4-star hotels and cruise ships.
The floating villages draw a lot of attention and are one of the highlights of the trip. Locals have been living in these floating houses for many generations as fishing is still the villagers' main income. Some communities offer reasonably priced home-stays to visitors, too. If you pass by them on your cruise, don't be surprised if the boat's on-board chef stops to shop for fresh seafood from one.
Despite many new hotels being established on the islands, experienced tourists recommend new ones to spend at least one night on board a boat. By this way, they could admire the bay much closer up in a more special manner.
This retreat will take place in Hanoi and Halong Bay, Vietnam.
Crossing Vietnam Tour will give you a unique experience to try the foods of the local Hanoi people. We ensure the food is handled hygienically and we provide a comfortable venue for the tastings. The benefit also goes back to the vendors or restaurants and families as we buy food items directly from them.
You eat as you go, trying seasonal fruits and sampling a tasty French-inspired snacks from a street cart. Walking through the maze of bustling streets that make up Hanoi's Old Quarter, you tempt your taste buds with the famed Hanoi dish banh cuon, at a local eatery. Watch in awe as the skilled chefs demonstrate for you how this tasty dish is put together. Continuing into the atmospheric heart of the Old Quarter, you will wander past street stalls and quiet residential lanes, where you can observe the local life which has changed little since Hanoi was founded over 1000 years ago.
Your next two snack stops are at outdoor barbecue stalls. You will sit down with Hanoi local people and sample various meat, vegetable, and bread specialties that are flame grilled over hot coals for extra flavor. Its then time for dessert as you venture down a small alley to join the local tradition of feasting on fresh fruit served in a cup and smothered with crushed iced and condensed milk; this specialty is one not to be missed!
Your local guide will then take you to one of Hanoi's best kept secrets, Banh Mi 25, a hidden street food restaurant where you can taste the top ten street foods in Hanoi. This hard-to-find cafe is one of the few left in the narrow street inside the Old Quarter of Hanoi. You can try Vietnamese rice wine and the famous egg coffee or, if coffee is not your style, a cold beer awaits!
The nearest airport to the location is Hanoi Noi Bai Airport (HAN). Crossing Vietnam Tour will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.